Friday, January 28, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ YOU DID THIS by Jamie Millen

 


YOU DID THIS
Author: Jamie Millen
Series: Claire Wolfe Thrillers, Book 1
Audiobook Narrator: Jesse Vilinsky

A sister’s worst nightmare. A homicide detective’s destiny.

Everybody loves Claire’s little sister, Tina. But only Claire sees the twisted psychopath hiding behind her sister’s angelic face. When Tina is brutally murdered on her fourteenth birthday, the day Claire failed to walk her home from school, Claire never forgives herself. And neither does their mother.

Twelve years later, Claire, now a police detective, returns to Newburgh to solve the mystery of her sister’s death. When more girls turn up dead exactly like Tina, Claire suspects that her sister’s murderer is still on the prowl. But this is no ordinary serial killer. The murders stump the team of FBI agents and a forensic profiler assisting the investigation, including Special Agent Robert Cline—a former FBI hostage negotiator and Claire’s old flame.

As the evidence piles up, Claire’s troubled childhood comes back to haunt her. She becomes the lead suspect in the murder investigation, and the system turns against her. Unable to trust anyone—not even herself—Claire must break every rule in the book to save the next girl.

With time running out in this nerve-shredding psychological thriller and harrowing family drama, a shocking discovery changes everything. Is Claire’s sister truly dead—or is she playing one final lethal prank?

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

You Did This has a lot going on, but at the same time, it's all connected. It's one of those stories that keeps you on your toes and is part thriller, part police procedural. Jamie Millen has created a likable character in Claire, who doubts herself more than once as the twists just keep coming. The twists are really the only drawback for me. Not that there were twists, I love being taken by surprise in a book like this. But toward the end, when it felt like a solid conclusion, things just kept going and got a little out there, a little too far past suspension of disbelief. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the character and her journey through this first case, and I'd definitely read more in this series. I listened to the audiobook of this one, and Jesse Vilinsky gave an excellent performance. The emotion of the story, from horror at finding another body to Claire's confusion to the excitement and intrigue, comes through loud and clear. I'm new to both this author and this narrator, but this won't be my last experience with either.

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Blog Blitz: SAVAGE ROAD by Christine Feehan

 


#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan explores uncharted territory in the new Torpedo Ink Motorcycle Club novel.

When Savin “Savage” Pajari and Seychelle Dubois first met, their connection was instant, their attraction undeniable. Their relationship has been full throttle since day one.  Even though months have passed, the passion and love between them has only increased.

Savage completely owns what he is: a sadist in the bedroom who can only get off on his partner’s pain. He believes he’s not a good man, but he loves Seychelle with a fierceness that shocks him. He wants all of her, but only if she gives herself freely with eyes wide open.

Seychelle never imagined the lure of mixing pain with pleasure, or how much she’d crave Savage’s darkness. She’s been shaken to her core, but Seychelle is committed to Savage and their life together—even though he’s keeping a piece of himself back. And to truly make their relationship work, he has to give her everything that he is, just as she is doing for him.

Savage knows that what he really needs could break his woman if she isn’t ready. She agreed to come into his world, and he’s not about to give her up. He has to find a way to let her see the monster inside without pushing her away. But the real Savage might be more than Seychelle can bear...and he knows he wouldn’t survive losing her.



Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Savage Road is a little shocking, a lot gripping, and completely engaging. Christine Feehan tackles some big topics here, and some of them aren't for everyone, so take heed of the book's blurb. I don't read many MC romances, but I really like the supernatural angle in this one, and these characters, love them or hate them, are all kinds of intriguing. There is a mystery to solve, so Seychelle and Savage have more than just relationship things to work through. They have some danger along with everything else, and I'll stop there before I give too much away. I'll just wrap it up by saying that Christine Feehan has a well-deserved following, and this book is just one more reason why.
  

Seychelle turned her head toward Savage, her thick braid moving across the pillow as she looked over her shoulder at him. Light came through the open window. She refused to close the damn thing, no matter what he said about security. She liked it open, and he liked the way the moonlight managed to shine perfectly on her.

Laughter was in her eyes, that totally relaxed look she got on her face whenever they were here in her home—her little cottage by the sea she loved so much. He had tried to re-create a space on the bed in his master bedroom just like hers, but he’d failed. She still wasn’t as relaxed, all tension gone, ready to tease him and play like they had for months before they made their relationship official, not in his master bedroom.

In retaliation, he nipped her hip and then soothed the sting with his tongue. “I’ve been a fucking choirboy for an entire day.” That laughter was killing him. He loved the sound of it.

“You can’t say choirboy and fuck in the same sentence and be a choirboy.”

She sounded all prim and schoolmarmy, which made him smile. His first reaction was to roll over so she was sprawled over the top of him and he had access to her bottom. That was his usual response when she teased him like this, but he didn’t want any bruising, not when he’d made up his mind to ease up and give her a few days to adjust. He would always be a controlling bastard, wanting everything his way, and maybe taking one thing at a time was the best way to go.

“Babe, told you I was going to hell. Might as well do anything I want. And that’s mild in comparison to all the things I think about saying and doing.”

Her laughter was contagious. “You should have seen your face last night when the Red Hat ladies showed up at the bar to hear me sing. All those darling ladies, Zyah’s grandmother leading the way. She’s so cute, by the way. I adore her and she adores you. Obviously, the two of you have a past, and she made it clear last night that you, Destroyer, Maestro and Player are her little darlings.”

“You’re going to get yourself in trouble if you bring that up,” he growled against her pristine skin, settling his teeth against her in warning.

She didn’t pay him heed in the least. “Who knew you were so popular, Savage? All those sparkly hats and all of them wanting to dance with you. I had more requests for songs. The other bikers in the bar last night were quite enthusiastic about making certain the right music was requested. Everyone had ideas. I even saw Jackson and Jonas slip in. They were grinning from ear to ear, and at first it looked as if they might have been there on official business.”

That did it. At the mention of the cops, there was no way he was going to be a saint. Savage rolled and took her with him, so that she sprawled over the top of him, her sore, bare ass in the air, legs on either side of his hips. Her amazing blue eyes laughed right down into his, causing his heart to perform some silly, weird melting sensation. He rubbed her bottom, hoping she would consider that a threat.

“You didn’t tell me I had so many rivals for your affection. I went into that blind. All those ladies giggling. They brought cookies, Savage. There were plates of cookies with your name on them.”

If a man like him had the ability to blush, he might actually have done it when the Red Hat ladies marched in with their crazy purple-and-red hats and their wild clothing, as if each had tried to outdo the others in outlandish skirts and layered dusters. Secretly, he applauded them for their carefree apparel and their insistence on living out their lives the way they chose. If they wanted to go to a biker bar dressed as a cross between fairy godmothers and something out of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, more power to them.

Ten of the Red Hat women had shown up, all bearing plates of cookies. And then Zyah, Player’s wife. She had come along to keep an eye on her grandmother. Anat Gamal, her grandmother, had unofficially adopted all of Torpedo Ink as her grandchildren. Savage wasn’t going to admit to his woman that he might really be one of the favorites, because she would give him no end of grief over it. She was already far too amused over how the evening had played out.

“I shared the cookies with you, you little monster,” he pointed out. He kissed the hollow of her neck. She always smelled so good—a wild strawberry fragrance that was just so subtle.

 

From SAVAGE ROAD published by arrangement with Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2022 by Christine Feehan.


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Christine Feehan
 is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series. Learn more online at christinefeehan.com.






Winter Reading Online Book Fair! Tour and Giveaway

 


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A Black Man's Journey to the Sons of the American Revolution Tour and Giveaway

 


A Black Man's Journey to the Sons of the American Revolution

by William O. Ritchie Jr.

Genre: Memoir 

Recent release “A Black Man’s Journey to the Sons of the American Revolution” from Page Publishing author William O. Ritchie Jr. is a fascinating and deeply American journey from the segregated South to a decorated track and field career in one of the nation’s premiere HBCU and an acclaimed career as one of the highest officers in Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department leading the investigations into the highest-profile cases of the eighties and nineties. After retirement from the MPD, he began conducting extensive genealogical research, which ultimately led to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. He also became involved with DNA to attempt to validate the oral history portions of his family history book that is in the African American History Section in the Library of Congress, an endeavor that was successful.

From the segregated Stratton High School in Beckley, West Virginia, to the prestigious Howard University in Washington, DC, to years of law enforcement in our nation’s capital, Bill Ritchie has found himself a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. We have often asked, how? And why? Throughout his book A Black Man’s Journey to the Sons of the American Revolution, he answers these questions for us.”

Belva Williams Waller, matriarch of the Ritchie Family.

Bill Ritchie’s fascinating journey from rural mountains in West Virginia to celebrated track all-American at Howard University, to chief of detectives in the nation’s capital and his many other successful pursuits is an inspiring study of determination, creativity, and perseverance. His book, A Black Man’s Journey to the Sons of the American Revolution, candidly provides a fleet-footed but comprehensive look at a renaissance man still blazing new and interesting paths.” —Rock Newman, sports and music entrepreneur, executive producer, and host of The Rock Newman Show, former Howard University Trustee.

You have a fascinating history! Can’t wait to read the book.”

Sari Horwitz, author and reporter, recipient of four Pulitzer Prize awards

By William O. Ritchie Jr


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William “Bill” Ritchie, a 1971 graduate, holds the distinction of being the first known NCAA All American in the history of Howard University. The seven-time All American became Howard’s first known NCAA individual champion when he was victorious in the 220-yard dash during the 1969 College Division NCAA Track and Field Championships in Ashland, Ohio. Ritchie is one of the few athletes that have been inducted twice in the Howard Sports Hall of Fame, first in 1996 as an individual and again in 2018 as a member of the 1969 and 1969 Track and Field Teams. Bill is also an alumnus of the University of the District of Columbia and George Washington University.

Upon graduation, Ritchie joined the Metropolitan Police Department, retiring in 1994 as the Chief of Detectives and former Homicide Commander in the most powerful city in the world. During his tenure, he led or participated in many major criminal investigations including the attempt assassination of President Ronald Reagan during 1981, the Air Florida Airplane crash in 1982, and the Shotgun Stalker spree murder investigation during 1993. His other commander level assignments included the Public Integrity Branch, the Organized Crime Branch, and Director of the Medical Services Division. He was the only member of the department trained to conduct investigative hypnosis sessions on victims and witnesses of crimes.

Upon retirement, he moved on to other positions, including Director, Office of Decedent Affairs at the Washington Hospital Center, Project Manager for the District of Columbia Public School’s Security Force and Director of Operations for a nationally known security company that in part serviced contracts for the US Navy and the JFK Center for the Performing Arts. He retired again in 2006. From time to time he is called upon by CNN and other national and local media to provide commentary as a Homicide Expert.

Ritchie currently has more than 65,000 DNA matches with individuals across the country and has assisted five of those matches, who were adoptees, to identify and locate their birth parents. His family history is published in “The Virginia Kaleidoscope” which is in the African American History Section in the Library of Congress and on the shelf as a source at the DAR Library in DC. Until recently, Ritchie was a member of his family’s board of directors, The Reynolds/Claytor Family Reunion Inc. He formally served as the family liaison for the Claytor Family Scholarship endowment at Washington & Lee University that was established in 1996. The endowment has awarded more than two million dollars in scholarships to deserving students. He previously served as chairman of the Mary Claytor Family Scholarship that since 2002 has awarded 47 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the family.

With a high percentage of Cameroonian DNA, Ritchie, in 2016, was accepted as a son of Cameroon by the NW FONS Council and given the Cameroonian name of Shey during their naming ceremony. His ancestry in part includes the Fulani People of NW Cameroon.

Ritchie is currently the Senior Vice President and Public Information Officer for the District of Columbia Society Sons of the American Revolution. He was inducted into this organization on July 4, 2016, as the result of proving lineage to his 5th great grandfather, William Parks who was shot, killed and scalped by the Indians working for the British during May 1776. He has since identified and proven his ancestry to 16 additional Revolutionary War Patriots.

Between 1998 and 2006, Ritchie served as a member of the Boards of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation NCA and the Greater Washington Urban League. Bill has been married since 1974 to Alfreda Holloway Ritchie, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Howard. They have one daughter, Arian Ritchie Joiner, son-in-law Kristopher, and three grandchildren Delant, Devin, and Destiny.


Ritchie is an avid golfer and had the pleasure of playing in Tiger Woods Pro-Am at Congressional Country Club on July 4, 2007, where he reportedly had the time of his life!!!!! He has several historical videos on YouTube under the handle of hypnos123, which include law enforcement punditry on homicides, weapons, DNA family reunifications and a combined exposé on the death investigation of Supreme Court Antonin Scalia during 2016.


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Man of the Month Club: Seasons Tour and Giveaway

 


Man of the Month Club Season 1:

January, February and March

by Ann Omasta and Callie Love

Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Man of the Month Club monthly meetings become the hottest ticket in Indianapolis as word of the new matchmaking application's surprising, wildly successful pairings begins to spread.

JANUARY: Maggie’s scars are visible to everyone. Jett’s are hidden deep inside. They are both too damaged to love… Or so they thought. Will these two be able to help each other heal or are some wounds beyond repair?

FEBRUARY: Chelle is a fun-loving, ambitious local news correspondent. Aidan is an uptight and serious state senator. The two are extreme opposites, yet they keep being thrown together. Will these two be able to spend time together and avoid catching feelings for each other?

MARCH: Beautiful Ruby Beckham has a stalker. Tough cop, Patrick McDonnell, is the perfect man to protect her. But what if the man charged with her safety is the person she needs to be saved from?

Meet the first three lucky couples the app chooses in this hot collection of opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romances.

These three romance quickies are scorching novellas featuring sexy heroes, curvy heroines, seductive instalove, sizzling bedroom scenes, and satisfying happily-ever-after endings. Binge-read Man of the Month Club SEASON 1 now and enjoy three perfectly-portioned tastes of steamy romance to satisfy your craving.


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Man of the Month Club: JANUARY

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Callie Love & Ann Omasta, USA Today Bestselling Author


Chapter 1  - Maggie

I am hideous. And, no, I don’t say that just to get attention or false compliments. I’m truly ugly. I hate looking in the mirror. Every time I catch a glimpse of my reflection, I want to shatter the glass with my fist.

It hasn’t always been this way for me. I mean, I was never going to be on the cover of Vogue magazine, but I used to be passably attractive. Children wouldn’t run screaming from the room when I entered, like they would now, if their parents didn’t hiss at them to behave.

Although I’m aware that it could be much worse, I can’t seem to stop wallowing. I know I sound ungrateful. I’m lucky to be alive after being trapped in a burning building, but I certainly didn’t escape unscathed.

I glare down at the scars that snake along the back of my right hand and up over my arm and shoulder. The raised skin is ugly and anyone who tries to tell me otherwise is a liar.

If the burns were only on my arm, I might be able to deal with it better. But, no, they stretch onto my chest, up my neck, and even onto a portion of my jawline and cheek. No amount of makeup or prim clothing can completely cover my scars––despite my best efforts.

I would be perfectly content to live out the rest of my life hiding in my apartment, ordering take-out, and binging Netflix. It would probably even be the considerate thing to do, so I don’t put anyone else in the awkward position of having to pretend like my scars aren’t that bad. 

Even though I understand why people lie or act like they don’t see the scars, it is infuriating. I probably would have done the same thing before the fire. After all, it’s not like you can gasp and ask, “What happened to your skin?!?” But I truly believe the avoidance and fake platitudes feel even worse than that kind of brutal honesty would.

My friend and former co-worker, Ciara, won’t let me turn into a hermit. I know her heart is in the right place, but I really just wish she would leave me alone. 

I hate myself for being jealous of Ciara, but the fire that left me a scarred monster brought her handsome and loving fireman fiancé into her life. I’m not sure what kind of horrid karma caused that stinking, steaming dump on my doorstep, but it sure doesn’t seem fair.

Ciara’s a great person. She deserves to be happy. But I do, too, right?

I’ve done everything I can think of to make myself presentable for tonight’s inaugural book club meeting, but nothing helps. My Granny used to say something about ‘putting lipstick on a pig.’ That perfectly describes my efforts. No matter what I do, all anyone will see is my scars.

As much as I’d love to text Ciara claiming a headache, I don’t want to disappoint her by not going tonight. My guess is that she’s pulling this entire event together to get me out of the house. Yes, she’s truly that kindhearted and thoughtful. I didn’t say that she doesn’t deserve her sexy fireman, but I’m not sure why I deserve to be so grotesque that no man will ever want me.

When Ciara texts to see if I need a ride, I respond that I’m on my way before grabbing the book we were assigned to read and heading out the door.

Evie’s Bar & Grill is a comfortable meeting place and the group of women Ciara has invited are all bubbly and friendly, but I still feel awkward. 

Beauty shines through on the other ladies’ faces. They are very welcoming as I sit in the only vacant chair at the tall table, but I know they are thinking how grateful they are that they don’t look like me.

When I retrieve the book from my purse and set it on the table, Ciara makes an uncomfortable face before asking, “You actually read the book, didn’t you?”

“Of course, this is a book club, right?” I answer.

“Technically, yes,” Ciara nods. “But it’s really more of an excuse to get together for a cocktail or two and gossip.”

I angle a narrow-eyed, fake glare at her before asking, “You mean I read that awful book for nothing?”

She lets out a throaty laugh, which is contagious. Soon, the other women begin fessing up that they didn’t bother reading the book.

The bar’s proprietor, Evie, delivers an enormous, fruity, frozen drink to me. “If you ladies are looking for good books to read, you should ask Adam for recommendations.”

Her gaze darts over to the hunky librarian before she quietly reveals, “He reads sexy passages to me every night before bed.”

“Yum!” one of the other women purrs. “Even I could get into reading under those conditions.”

“Mm-hmm,” Evie murmurs before heading back behind the bar. I try to keep my rampant jealousy in check.

“Let’s get to the real reason for our little get-together,” Ciara leans in conspiratorially before turning her gaze to her friend, Phoebe.

Phoebe says in an excited tone, “As you all know, I had you fill out a questionnaire to help me beta test my new matchmaking application.”

I suddenly feel like a lost puppy. This is the first I’ve heard of the app. I’m hurt that Ciara didn’t tell me about this. She probably knew I wouldn’t come because I have no desire to be matched. I’m never dating again, but I still hate being left completely out of the loop.

Phoebe continues on, obviously having no idea of the turmoil raging inside me. “I selected the first bachelor for our January meeting, since we wanted to start right away. My cousin, Jett, is a total catch. I would date him myself, if we didn’t fall from the same family tree.”

I’m trying to figure out a way to slip out of here without being noticed. The last thing I want is to pretend to be happy for these lovely ladies as they each find their one true love, while I remain all alone.

I take a giant slurp from my drink, intending to down it and hightail it out of here. Brain freeze hits and has me palming my forehead as Phoebe says, “The woman who is scientifically the best match for Jett is… drumroll please…”

She pauses dramatically, and I feel like rolling my eyes. I truly don’t care which of these beauties matches with her sexy cousin.

“Maggie!” she shouts.

My eyes nearly pop out of my head as all eyes at the table turn to look at me. The women are squealing with delight, but my face morphs into a frown. I shake my head. “But I didn’t fill out anything.”

Ciara’s gaze turns sheepish, and I immediately know what has happened. I glare at my friend, who obviously filled out the survey for me, and say, “Please tell me you didn’t…”


Man of the Month Club Season 2:

April, May and June

The Man of the Month Club monthly meetings are the hottest ticket in Indianapolis as word of the matchmaking application's surprising, wildly successful pairings spreads.

APRIL: April arrives and the highly regarded Man of the Month Club matchmaking application makes its first mismatch. Or does it? When an April Fools’ prank goes too far, hearts are at stake in this devilishly fun game of scandals and schemes. Will Ben Bridgerton be the right man to make Daphne swoon with desire?

MAY: Poppy is the most annoying woman Cooper has ever met, so why can’t he stop thinking about her? Will Poppy and Cooper be able to shift their contentious relationship from enemies to lovers? Either way, sparks are sure to fly!

JUNE: Peaceful, free-spirited Summer is the last person anyone expected to be paired with angry, tough-guy Killian, but the Man of the Month Club matchmaking application is full of surprises. Will these two extreme opposites be able to meet in the middle?

Meet three lucky couples the app chooses in this hot collection of opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romances.

These three romance quickies are scorching short stories featuring sexy heroes, curvy heroines, seductive instalove, sizzling bedroom scenes, and satisfying happily-ever-after endings. Binge-read Man of the Month Club SEASON 2 now and enjoy three perfectly-portioned tastes of steamy romance to satisfy your craving.


Man of the Month Club Season 3:

July, August and September

The Man of the Month Club monthly meetings are the hottest ticket in Indianapolis as word of the matchmaking application's surprising, wildly successful pairings spreads.

JULY: Charity and Garrett have been drawn to each other since they met in elementary school, but life keeps tearing them apart. They are each nursing a severely broken heart caused by the other. Will they have the strength to try one more time?

AUGUST: Divorced single mom, Jillian, no longer believes in love. That’s less than ideal for a wedding planner. But one wild night with a boy-toy firefighter is about to turn her world upside down. When Jillian and Riggins are matched, their chemistry is explosive. Their romance burns hot and fast, but can they fan the flames into lasting love?

SEPTEMBER: Single mom, Marietta, has plenty of reasons not to trust men. A virtual romantic relationship is as far as she’s willing to go. Can this month’s bachelor, Chance, convince her that real-life love is worth the risk?

Meet three lucky couples the app chooses in this hot collection of second chance, single parent, and opposites attract romances.

These three romance quickies are scorching short stories featuring sexy heroes, curvy heroines, seductive instalove, sizzling bedroom scenes, and satisfying happily-ever-after endings. Binge-read Man of the Month Club SEASON 3 now and enjoy three perfectly-portioned tastes of steamy romance to satisfy your craving.


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Man of the Month Club Season 4:

October, November and December

The Man of the Month Club monthly meetings are the hottest ticket in Indianapolis as word of the matchmaking application's surprising, wildly successful pairings spreads.

OCTOBER: Single father, Parker, has been best friends with the identical twin Ford sisters since childhood. Revealing his secret crush on one of the sisters would tip the delicate balance of their lifelong friendship. When Parker is paired with one of the Ford twins at October’s meeting, will the trio’s friendship implode?

NOVEMBER: Sloane Ford and Logan Fox were the hottest, most popular couple in high school, but Logan shattered Sloane’s heart. No one is surprised when these two are matched at November’s meeting, but will Logan be able to convince Sloane that she can entrust her fragile heart with him one more time?

DECEMBER: Phoebe is the mastermind behind the wildly successful Man of the Month Club matchmaking application. She has spent an entire year pairing other couples and helping them find true love. When it’s finally her turn, her match is based on a lie. Will she have the strength to tell the truth?

Meet three lucky couples the app chooses in this hot collection of friends-to-lover, second chance, single parent, and opposites attract romances.

These three romance quickies are scorching novallas featuring sexy heroes, curvy heroines, seductive instalove, sizzling bedroom scenes, and satisfying happily-ever-after endings. Binge-read Man of the Month Club SEASON 4 now and enjoy three perfectly-portioned tastes of steamy romance to satisfy your craving.


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Ann Omasta is a USA Today Bestselling author.

Ann’s Top Ten list of likes, dislikes, and oddities:

    1.I despise whipped cream. There, I admitted it in writing. Let the ridiculing begin.

    2. Even though I have lived as far south as Key Largo, Florida, and as far north as Maine, I landed in the middle.

3. If I don't make a conscious effort not to, I will drink nothing but tea morning, noon, and night. Hot tea, sweet tea, green tea––I love it all.

4. There doesn't seem to be much in life that is better than coming home to a couple of big dogs who are overjoyed to see me. My other family members usually show significantly less enthusiasm about my return.

5. Singing in my bestest, loudest voice does not make my family put on their happy faces. This includes the big, loving dogs referenced above.

6. Yes, I am aware that bestest is not a word.

7. Dorothy was right. There's no place like home.

8. All of the numerous bottles in my shower must be lined up with their labels facing out. It makes me feel a little like Julia Roberts' mean husband from the movie Sleeping with the Enemy, but I can't seem to control this particular quirk.

9. I love, love, love finding a great bargain!

10. Did I mention that I hate whipped cream? It makes my stomach churn to look at it, touch it, smell it, or even think about it. Great––now I'm thinking about it. Ick!

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Callie Love writes contemporary romance that is sexy, short, and SO addictive. Her Hot Shots of Romance Quickies are scorching short stories featuring sexy heroes, curvy heroines, seductive insta-love, sizzling bedroom scenes, and satisfying happily-ever-after endings.

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Spirits of Savannah Book #1

Paranormal/Romantic Suspense

Date Published: 01-28-2022



Sophie seems to have it all, a thriving career at the MET, a handsome soon-to-be fiancé, and an eccentric father who is the toast of the academic world. Yet, fate has other plans for her. After the death of her father, she starts to see visions of a beautiful woman who claims that Sophie needs to return home and take care of some unfinished business.

But where is home? And what business? Unexpectedly, she receives a strange invitation from a mysterious organization in Savannah, Georgia. Determined to find out more about the circumstances surrounding her father’s death and her sudden ability to see the dead, she accepts.

Welcome to Savannah, Georgia, a city so beautiful that it was spared from the wrath of Union General William T. Sherman. In this city filled with the spirits of the dead, arching live oaks draped in picturesque Spanish moss, luxurious looming mansions, and men who have impeccable manners and voices as smooth as butter Sophie is an outsider. Yet, she begins to discover that maybe the answers that she has been searching for are closer than she expected… Step into the haunting yet beautiful world of Sophie and Savannah where the dead walk among the living and every nook and cranny has a mystery that demands to be solved.


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The Chasm Cover Reveal

 


Young Adult Science Fantasy

Release Day: 6/24/22



THE CHASM: Book 2.0 of the Finding Humanity Series


They thought the biggest problem they faced was each other.

After Bleu, Rana, and their new friends narrowly prevent war between the star beings and humans, they hope the upcoming negotiation will secure the peace. Newly emerged from their subterranean haven, the Northern Haven humans are clearly not suited to Earth’s ice age, and require assistance from the enlightened star beings to survive long term on the Surface. But Commander Savas doesn’t trust the suspiciously kind star beings and their unexplainable abilities. When both sides reluctantly negotiate a joint mission to find the other Havens, Bleu must somehow cooperate with the manipulative commander to keep his friends safe.

As their team confronts unexpected dangers, Bleu and his teammates begin to suspect the star beings don’t know as much about the Surface as they claimed, while Rana is torn between remaining true to her nonviolent ways or becoming more human to survive. When an unnatural predator attacks, even the nearly all-knowing Kalakanya can’t explain it. Now the team must pull together or their new discovery will pull them apart, limb by limb.


About the Author

As a young girl, Branwen wanted to become an ambassador for aliens. Since the aliens never hired her, she now writes about them.

Branwen OShea has a Bachelors in Biology from Colgate University, a Bachelors in Psychology, and a Masters in Social Work. She lives in Connecticut with her family and a menagerie of pets, and enjoys hiking, meditating, and star-gazing. Her previously published works include:

The Calling: Book 1.0 of the Finding Humanity Series

The Cords That Bind: Book 1.1 of the Finding Humanity Series (novella)

Silence of the Song Trees (novella)


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